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industry; not upon the exhibition of brilliant talents, but the application of the more sterling qualities of a careful study of the details of the subject, united with a prayerful watching for the souls of your people.
Lastly, let your motto be perseverance. Without this, the best arranged plans will effect nothing, and great expectations will end only in a merited disappointment. This applies, not only to general arrangements, but to the course to be pursued with individuals. In respect to ordinary reproof, exhortation, instruction, or persuasion, you are not satisfied with a single attempt: you add line to line, and precept to precept; here a little and there a little: you watch for a man's soul as one that must give account.
Deal out the same measure with respect to the point before us, interweave this too much forgotten duty amongst the others on account of which you reprove each member of your flock; exhort him to this as to the more frequently recognised offices of reading and hearing the word of God; instruct him on this point of Christian practice, even as you would with respect to the commonest moral obligations, the prime and weightiest matters of the law, or the most fundamental principles of the Gospel ; persuade him to this, even as to other points of that Christian obedience in which consists the chiefest happiness of man.
And now I would press you to say,
what son can you assign for neglecting to adopt my suggestion? I have stated the case very imperfectly, but with a conscientious persuasion that the position is a true one. I have spoken as unto a wise man: judge what I have said. Enquire of the unerring oracles of God's word, and if by that rule you find any matter overstated, reject the conclusions based thereon: but if I have argued only in accordance with the revealed will of God, take heed how you neglect a weapon, of whose utility and power that word assures us.
Let us ever remember that we are commanded to make full proof of our ministry. Let us emulate the conduct of him who could say that he had not shunned to declare the whole counsel of God, and therefore was pure from the blood of all men. But how can we speak thus, if we leave one arrow in our quiver, or one smooth stone at the bottom of our scrip?
That the Holy Spirit of God may bless this feeble attempt to advance the kingdom of Christ, that He may give to both of us a right judgment in all things, leading us to perceive and know what things we ought to do, and giving us grace manfully, faithfully, and perseveringly to fulfil the same : that He may give us many seals to our ministry, and grant that after we have preached to others, neither of us may become a cast away, is the fervent prayer of
Your faithful brother in the Lord,
LONGMAN, AND CO., AND WERTHEIM AND MACKINTOSH,
“We all owe God as much as we are able to devote to His service and honour, and we must not think to put Him off with part of it; for He reckons that He receives nothing from us unless it be proportionable to what He hath bestowed upon us. But how little soever it is that we give or offer to Him, if it be but answerable to our estates, it will be accepted by Him. This our Saviour hath Himself assured us of. From whence we may certainly conclude, that there is not the poorest person whatsoever but may be as rich in good works as the richest, because God doth not measure the goodness of our works by their bulk or quantity, but by the proportion which they bear to our estates; so that he who gives a penny, may do as good a work as he who gives a pound, yea, and a better too, because his may be as much as he is able, whereas the other's is not."-Bishop BEVERIDGE.
• Mark xii, 43, 44.
AM I HELPING ?
A QUESTION FOR THOSE WHO DAILY PRAY,
“Thy Ringdom Come."
At a meeting which was held at Northampton, for the benefit of the Infirmary, in the year 1843, a collection was made, and a farmer sent £20: the gentleman who brought his money gave this message from him—“It has pleased God to bless me with a plentiful crop, and with good weather to get it in. I desire to send this sum as a thank-offering for the goodness of God to me.” On the same day, there was also contributed, in aid of the charity, a very handsome present, given by a gentleman, who afterwards mentioned, that "it was sent by one who could do very well without it." Now, how often might the pence be increased to shillings, and the shillings increased to pounds, for charitable purposes, if we would only ask ourselves the question, “What can I do very well without, that I may have to give to him that needeth, and at all times be ready to distribute not only of my abundance, but of my want and selfdenial ?" For if the love of Christ so reigns in our hearts as to lead us to think, we can